Thursday, November 10, 2011

B is for Bull Riders absolute favorite kind of cowboy!

I'm not sure what I like best. How his Wranglers accentuate the swagger in his step. The well worn boots. The Stetson pulled low to shade his brooding eyes. The chaps that outline his perfect butt. Or just the fact that he's willing to face off against a 2,000 pound beast and finds the danger exciting and exhilarating. He's the sexiest bad boy around, but he's always the perfect gentleman, which is why the ladies can't resist him.

That being said, there was no doubt in my mind that one day I'd write a book with a bull rider as the hero. I've been working on it for a while, and this summer I polished it up, sent it to my editor at Wild Rose, and waited.

Yesterday I heard back...ahead of schedule (the editor had promised to get back to me by December).

At first I was bummed. She felt the story needs some tweaking before it's ready to be published. Now don't get me wrong...I'm always looking for ways to improve my writing and make it better, but when someone tells you your baby isn't good's a little heart-breaking.

But the more I thought about it, the better I felt. This will give me the opportunity to make this book the best it can be.

I'm confident that someday, Jake's story will be out there. It might not be as soon as I'd hoped, but it'll get there.

Plus, in the meantime, this gives me the prefect excuse to watch more bull riding on TV in the name of research. Or maybe catch some local rodeos live and in person at county fairs. (Which is where I took these pictures.) What more could a girl ask for?

Until next time,

Happy Reading!

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  1. Hey Debra, love the post and the highlighted "b's"--my favorite is "butts" though. I've always wanted to go to a rodeo. There's actually a bunch in NJ (who'd have thought?) and one day I'm going to try it. You're right, he'd make a great hero. Good luck with the book, don't be discouraged and I can't wait to hear the good news about it!

  2. I originally had 'tush' but had to go with 'butt' for the B theme!

    I was really bummed out the first day, but as the days go on, I'm feeling more and more excited about being able to revise and rewrite and really make the story stronger.

    And, yes, be sure to make it to a rodeo some day. They are awesome!

  3. Love all your b's too! Don't think we have any bull-riders in the UK, at least not to my knowledge, so I wouldn't have a clue how to write about them.
    Glad you are feeling positive about revising your book. Best of luck with it!

  4. There are a lot of Brazilians and a couple of Australians who ride the pro-circuit, but I can honestly say I don't think I've ever seen a Brit.

    Thanks for the good luck wishes. I'm finishing up (Well, I just got started but I'm in the muse) on a Thanksgiving story for next year, so as soon as I'm through with that, I'll be diving back into "This Feels Like Home".

  5. Bull riding is exciting to watch. Our town has a 3-day bull ride event every summer.
    I'm glad you rebounded on your story.

  6. That sound awesome, Ana. Although I do like other aspects of the rodeo, my favorite part is the bull riding. If I could go to an event that was dedicated to that, I'd be one happy lady!

  7. I wonder why everybody admire bull riders so much.